QTK Presents: Before The Shooting by Denise Miller
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About the Event
Before the Shooting is a new piece developed for stage by Denise Miller and Connar Klock adapted from Miller’s poetry collection How to Make an American Mass Shooter, which examines societal gender roles and the part they play in acts of mass gun violence. We have an epidemic of mass shootings in the United States. It is perpetrated mostly by white boys and white men. We have an epidemic of toxic masculinity and racism in the United States. It is perpetrated by generations of parents reinforcing rigid gender roles and racist ideas on their children and larger society forcing both on each other.
In what ways do these crises support and condone each other?
Part docudrama, part choreopoem, Before the Shooting runs in tandem between the 24-hour news cycle reporting on the sheer magnitude and where the seeds for that fruit are planted.
This project was funded in part by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs through the Kalamazoo Arts Council.